The Calm before The Race


It’s less than 24 hours before the Scholar’s Run and a calm has settled in. This will last until I wake up in the morning. Hopefully, when I wake up it: 1)Won’t be too early to start the pre-race anxiety and 2) It won’t be late. If I remember correctly, I feel this calm the day before a marathon. Sure you are excited, but at this point, there is nothing that you can do training wise that you help you. There are plenty of things that you CAN’T or SHOULDN’T do, and I will discuss those at a later time in a different venue.

I am taking co-race director John Ellis’ advice and running an easy run today at lunch. Thankfully, the weather is slightly cooler today. The premise is that my legs will be fresh without being tired. Today, after 2 days of inactivity, they feel like lead weights, so the run will be good for me.


So, “The Plan” was to run an easy 4 miles… uh, that didn’t happen. I ended up running 3 miles at a Slower Tempo pace. Where I should have run at a 9:15-9:45 pace, I ran at a 8:24 pace. I don’t think that this will kill me though… I am glad that I did run because I did feel sluggish at the start of the run and this will prime my legs for tomorrow morning.

I do have some last minute preparations before I leave tomorrow morning. I also need to get a new mental soundtrack for the race tomorrow… today lunch, although an energetic song, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” isn’t quite the motivational tune I wanted for race day. Hey Hey Hey…

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I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon